It was 2009 when a magical song full of lush strings, beautiful vocals and a hook catchier than most made a huge impact across the globe.
It even impacted here in Australia, hitting the top 30 on the ARIA singles chart and top 10 on the ARIA dance chart.
Swedish superstar Agnes may have made herself known with the pop opus that was ‘Release Me’, but she’s continued to deliver some of the very best pop music since, albeit with a focus mainly on her homeland.
Agnes’ fifth audio album, ‘Magic Still Exists’ – out today, asks the listener whether magically actually does exist and answers it with a resounding yes.
With arguably some of the best songs of the year on this album, it’s hard not to pay attention to the calibre of what’s on offer.
Agnes has again teamed up with Vargas & Lagola (who’ve also worked with David Guetta, Madonna and the late Avicii), and it’s obviously there’s a strong creative bond here that brings each of the stories to life in a catchy, meaningful and unique way; her “spiritual disco” is well and truly alive.
First single ‘Fingers Crossed’ is a sonic rush of adrenaline. All about hoping someone you’re interested in isn’t a complete disaster to your life, the song is fun, punchy and does not leave your brain. She has a way of delivering soaring pop vocals in a way that taps into so many emotions. It’s also insanely catchy, which helps.
’24 Hours’ brings the concept of sad pop to life, especially when you listen to the stripped back version of it – it takes on a whole new perspective. There’s something cutting edge about the production that almost makes you feel like you’re witnessing a new era of pop music. Hands down one of the songs of 2021, ’24 Hours’ is definitely worth listening to time and time again.
Can we also talk about the ABBA sample/reference in latest single ‘Here Comes The Night’? As soon as I heard it, I was absolutely hooked. Agnes has a way of telling stories through her music that few artists can, while using everything in her arsenal to bring us her very best.
What I love about Agnes on this album in particular is her ability to be open, honest and free. There’s a certain levity which after many years away from music, has been restored. A certain balance is back and it all just works. It’s hard not to love just about everything she’s done.
From start to finish, this is an album that takes you on a journey that feels so fresh, cutting edge and simply honest.
For me, ‘Magic Still Exists’ is the album of the year. It may fly under the mainstream radar, but as a pop music aficionado, you know what you’ve just experienced and the special feeling it is to hear something so good from someone soul talented.
Agnes has liberated listeners at just the right time.
(Keep your eyes peeled next week for David’s video interview with Agnes!)
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : 24 Hours, Love & Appreciation, Fingers Crossed, Here Comes The Night.